The 13 Best Things to Do in Savannah

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Southern Charm Southern architecture. Southern drawls. The South is slower, sweeter, and Savannah is no exception. However, Savannah’s cultural scene is flourishing.

Savannah was once a major port city, and is still America’s third-busiest port. There are many creative restaurants and art museums in Savannah, as well as music festivals and other events throughout the year. You will also find unique shops that sell handmade goods made by local artisans.

Take your walking shoes with you and take a walk under the moss-covered oaks in the 22 squares. The Historic District can be enjoyed on foot, with a chilled drink in hand. There are many benches and shade spots where you can stop and take in the sights.

Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia
Forsyth park is one of Savannah’s most photographed spots (c) Sean Pavone Photography Getty Images/iStockphoto

Farmers Market in Forsyth

The 30-acre Forsyth Park is located in Savannah’s Historic District. It features photogenic fountains and benches to rest or watch, as well as a basketball court. There is also a Fragrant Garden for people with impaired sight.

Take a break at Collins Quarter, a tree-lined neighborhood on weekdays. If you feel bubbly, wash down the Mushies on Toast with Madagascar Vanilla Latte (or a Sunrise Over Sydney Mimosa with jasmine and yuzu)

The massive green area transforms into Forsyth Farmers Market on Saturdays. You can find local organic goat cheese, microgreens, honey, and candied Georgia Pecans at the Forsyth Farmers’ Market from 9am to noon every week. If you are unable to make it, there is no problem. The Farm Truck 912 is a mobile farmer’s market that brings fresh produce and vegetables to Savannah neighborhoods throughout the week.

Savannah Waterfront
Savannah’s Waterfront is an ideal location to host the annual ctiy festivals. (c) Denis Tangney Jr Getty Images

Savannah’s Waterfront

River Street is located at the north point of Savannah’s Historic District. Here you will find open-air markets for makers as well as annual festivals such as Oktoberfest or a celebration featuring live music and mini-golf.

You can visit the public space at any time. It’s great to stroll from River Street to River Street, passing through bars, shops and restaurants that were once cotton warehouses.

The newest addition to the Riverfront is Plant Riverside District. It features a JW Marriott dog-friendly hotel, weekend yoga classes and a circus performance, as well as a lively nightlife and entertainment. The original power plant’s massive, chrome-dipped dinosaur is worth a visit.

USA, Georgia, Savannah, Cityscape with Talmadge Memorial Bridge
Savannah’s Skyline from any of the rooftop bars (c. Henryk Sadura Getty Images/ Tetra images

Rooftop bars

Savannah offers a variety of brightly colored sunsets almost every night. So make sure you reserve a spot and get ready to enjoy a spectacular show.

River Street hosts a number of rooftop bars, including Myrtle & Rose, a rooftop garden that specializes in botanically-inspired cocktails. The Electric Moon Skytop Lounge is basically an adult amusement park with slide and lawn games.

Rocks on the Roof, Bohemian Hotel, offers a great place to grab a beer and take a picture of Talmadge Memorial Bridge which divides Savannah from Hutchinson Island. Perch by Forsyth Park is also available. Peregrin at the Perry Lane Hotel offers stunning views of the cityscape, including The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist.

First African Baptist Church
In 1773, the First African Baptist Church was founded (c. Sasha Weleber/Getty Images).

First African Baptist Church

First African Baptist Church is the oldest continuously operating Black church in North America. This respectful tour will give you a taste of Black American history. You can either attend a service, or you can take a guided tour.

In 1773, Rev. George Leile founded the church. He was formerly an enslaved slave and became an ordained minister. The church, which is situated in Savannah’s heart, near City Market, was founded by Rev. George Leile. It features original stained glass windows, lighting fixtures and balcony pews, and also a baptismal swimming pool. Ask about the Underground Railroad’s significance if you choose to take the guided tour.

Cemetery Tombstones
Take a peek into the past with a Savannah cemetery tour (c) Marje / Getty Images

Cemeteries

Although the thought of spending part of your vacation in a cemetery might make you feel sick, Savannah’s cemeteries are simply too stunning to ignore.

Colonial Park Cemetery was established in mid-1700s and has been a part of the city’s parks since 1896. It is an ideal place to take a restful day among the cicadas buzzing during the warm summer months.

This park, which covers six acres and has a haunted past, is perfect for those who need some peace and quiet. This cemetery, which was established in 1750 and is the last resting place for hundreds of yellow fever victims, was built in 1861.

Nearly 100 years later Union soldiers still used the cemetery to conceal; they rumored that they even changed the dates and names of the burial vaults, and moved some corpses around while they were there.

Bonaventure Cemetery, located just outside of Wilmington on the Wilmington River is well-known for its appearance as the Garden of Good and Evil (a film based on John Berendt’s book).

The surreal, serene cemetery offers a moment of peace. It is surrounded by old, tall trees. You can choose to take a guided walking tour, or go on a drive along the narrow streets during warm weather when the air conditioner is not in use.

Johnny Mercer, an Academy Award-winning songwriter/lyricist, is buried there, along with Conrad Aiken (a famed poet, writer and winner of the Pulitzer Prize).

Savanah GA: Horsecart for Tourists at City Market
Savannah offers many unique tour options to fit everyone’s tastes (c) Alan Tobey/Getty Images

Tours

Are you interested in ghost tours? What about history tours? What about eating tours? Savannah has a tour to suit every taste.

You can take a ride in Savannah’s top-down car, for $20, and discover the bizarre, creepy, and often terrifying paranormal history of the people who lived there once upon a time. Enjoy the sun, humidity and moonlight, then ask your guide about haunted bars.

Bookstores

Savannah is the perfect place for bookworms. There are many wonderful places to read in Savannah, including parks benches and grassy areas. There are many options at your local independent bookstores.

E. Shaver Booksellers is interesting because it was originally built in 1842 by Eliza Jewett (a female builder at that time was rare). After a Kentucky couple (Ed Shaver and Esther Shaver), visited Savannah for their honeymoon, it became an antique shop. The bookstore was then established.

You’ll also find books on Georgia’s past and a few bookshop cats. The Book Lady is a shop that was founded by women in 1978 and specializes in out-of print books.

Telfair Museum Savannah
Popular Telfair Museum, located in the historical district, was the first American public art museum (c) Different_Brian/Getty Images

Museums

Savannah College of Art and Design is a well-known art school that’s spread throughout the city. There are many museums and galleries in Savannah. The SCAD Museum of Art is a modern art museum that features pieces from established international artists. It’s open to both art enthusiasts and students of SCAD.

Telfair Museums consists of three museums. The Jepson Center is a museum known for modern art and photography. People also host weddings in this beautiful lobby area that features floor-to-ceiling glass, a central staircase, and views over nearby Telfair Square.

Telfair Academy, with 19th-century American art and some European items; and Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters. These are National Historic Landmark sites that aim to shed light on slavery and teach visitors how it has affected Southerners inside and outside their homes. You can visit all three, or just one. Our pick is Telfair Academy which was the first South-based museum to display public art and also the first museum founded by a woman in America.

Historic Savannah cityscape
Savannah’s downtown is full of unique architecture. (c) Raul Rod / Getty Images

Take a look at a live show

Savannah Theatre, one of the most historic theatres still in operation in the US, or Lucas Theatre for the Arts are great places to take thespians out for a night on the town. To see the latest plays, visit individual websites.

The Savannah landmark Trustees Theater hosts events such as the annual fashion show at SCAD. Leopold’s Ice Cream is a shop that has served award winning, homemade sweet treats since 1919.

Enjoy a cocktail

Savannah’s uniqueness is in the fact that you can enjoy your drink in beautiful glasses in fancy bars. When you are ready to leave, the bartender will happily give you a plastic cup to transfer your drink to another spot.

Book a table at Artillery Bar and get ready to stroll over to the historic space. It offers a wide selection of spirits, champagne, and wine. For loud music and cheap drinks, or a lively crowd, you can head to Pinkie Master’s on Lincoln.

Tybee Island Lighthouse
Tybee Island, Savannah’s popular day-trip is Tybee Island. (c) Michael Milner/Getty Images

Tybee Island

Take the car to Tybee Island. This barrier island, located 18 miles away from Historic Savannah is famous for its pavilion, pier and wide sandy beaches. It also has shops. You can paddleboard from Little Tybee Island, which is uninhabited. It’s okay to bring your pet along with you. Little Tybee Island is accessible only by kayak or boat and is pet-friendly. It is a wonderful place for a night of camping.

Fort Pulaski, a Confederate stronghold up until it surrendered (c) James Keith/Getty Images

Fort Pulaski National Monument

You’ll find the Civil War fort on Cockspur Island, between Savannah and Tybee. It was declared a National Monument in 1924. If you are planning to go back, you can pick up either a daily or annual pass and hike around Fort Pulaski. You’ll find trails, marshes and other ruins.

Grey

You can dine in an antique Greyhound Station at The Grey. This restaurant was opened in 2014 within a 1930s Art Deco Greyhound Bus Terminal. Chef Mashama Bailey, who was featured in Netflix’s Chef’s Table, deserves every praise. Her modern Southern restaurant is a hit.

The menu is a combination of personal experience, seasonal ingredients, European wines, and Atlantic Trade liquors. It changes from night to night. The seasonal corn pudding cake is a fan favourite with caramelized peaches and cornflakes, vanilla cream, and vanilla cream. Dinner is $75 per head and reservations are strongly recommended.

You can also order a more casual meal at the Diner Bar, which offers fresh oysters and salted fish croquettes. Or, you could go for brunch. The country pasta, fried chicken and hoecakes and crab beignets are all great choices.

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Publited Fri, 23 July 2021 at 19:52.09 +0000

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